The World Bank has presented the Proposed Environmental and Social Framework for consultation. A new, revised set of standards seek to “ensure the delivery of an environmental and social framework which is more efficient and comprehensive,” however, Rainforest Fund sees significant flaws in the proposed draft. It includes watered down standards making it easier for states to [...]
Indigenous leaders in Brazil have come together to voice their rejection of their human rights by the Brazilian state government. They reject the corporate favoritism in development policies whereby the state grants extractive industries access to indigenous peoples’ resources and lands; thus, statements made by government officials to make progress on the rights of indigenous [...]
Ines Hinoyosa, Director of Comunidad Viva in Bolivia, has written this letter thanking Rainforest Fund for support and guidance over the past 10 years. The women’s cooperative, Cheque Oitdedie, is a group of women artisans who have grown in strength, capacity, determination and resilience.
Yoco is an important element in the Secoya culture: hosting many benefits including acting as a key ingredient in the morning routine between father and son by aiding in the transfer of traditional knowledge and as a medicinal tool.
Research shows that while deforestation can lead to an initial boom in a country’s GDP, over time, the boom leads to a bust and for the indigenous people whose land was taken over are no better off then before their forests were destroyed.
June, 2013 | Securing land titles is a challenging and lengthy process for indigenous people. The Terena tribe in Brazil, whose lands were wrongly granted to foreigners and destroyed for economic gain, have been fighting an uphill battle for decades.
Rainforests are among the wettest places on our planet, getting between 8 to 14 feet of rainfall each year. For comparison, New York gets less than four feet of rain a year and London gets about 2.5 feet. Tropical rainforests are often found in the watersheds of mighty rivers such as the Amazon, the Congo [...]